WAVE ENERGY TEST SITE ENGINEERING SERVICES SUPPORT30 Apr 2012
Naval Facilities Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) in Port Hueneme, CA has awarded SST a Task Order for $1,158,129 to provide preliminary and final designs for the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Wave energy conversion is a dynamic field, with new entrants, concepts, developments, and test results continually emerging. In order to maintain a current awareness of the available wave energy converter technologies suitable for Navy installations and allow the Navy to evaluate commercial scale WEC devices for DoN applications, the WETS facility will be expanded to provide two additional berths for testing and demonstrating these devices. The objectives of this task order are two-fold: Support upgrades for the existing 30m water depth WETS berth and support WETS expansion efforts to allow the Navy to test and evaluate multiple wave energy converters (WEC) systems. The expanded test site will provide two new moorings at approximately 60m and 80m water depths, with a subsea power and fiber optic transmission cable, upgraded shore office facilities and electrical grid connection, and data collection components. Tasking associate with this contract includes offshore survey efforts to identify suitable locations for the two new deep test berths and designs for the two deep berth moorings, electro-mechanical power transmission cable, and associated electrical infrastructure to support grid connection to the MCBH electrical grid.